Is the weather ruining your holiday in Scotland? Don't worry, there are plenty of things to do and see in Scotland when the weather is bad.
Whether you're a walker, hiker, cyclist, a whiskey connoisseur or a culture devotee, Scotland is a truly great place to visit. Scotland has it all: magnificent nature, world-famous art and music festivals, galleries, museums, castles, and lots more. Unfortunately, there is one thing that can get in the way of you having a great time - the weather. It doesn't matter when you come to Scotland, as the weather can be horrid even in July. Never fear, though! There are plenty of things to see and do in Scotland when the weather is bad. Here is a list to give you some ideas:
1. Visit Edinburgh
If you are visiting Edinburgh and the weather is not so good, your holiday won’t be ruined as there is so much indoor activity going on. It might be a bit difficult to enjoy Edinburgh Castle and stroll along the Royal Mile when it's poring with rain, but you can still go underground and see The Real Mary King's Close, a Medieval plague pit, and discover what lies beneath the Royal Mile. You will find out what life was like back in the 17th century for the people who lived, worked, and died there. The stories are told by guides wearing 17th century costumes, which makes it even more interesting and fun.
For those who prefer fine art to spooky stories, Edinburgh has lots to offer. There are plenty of art galleries in the city and the two of them are located next to each other. Entrance is free unless there is a special exhibition going on.
If you are on holiday with kids, then visiting Our Dynamic Earth is a must. This magnificent exhibition will take you back in time to when the Earth was born and will let you and your kids find out everything about our planet and life on it. On top of that, you will see a full 360 degrees dome movie about astronauts.
Harry Potter fans are also in luck, because they will be able to visit The Elephant House - a coffee shop where JK Rowling wrote more than half of her first Harry Potter book.
On top of all that, there are numerous museums, concerts, plays and other stuff to consider. Also make sure you experience Edinburgh restaurants, as the city is often called the European culinary capital.
2. Visit Scottish castles
If you want to get out of the city, but the weather is no good for outdoor activities, visit some of the famous Scottish castles. Eilean Donnan is one of the most famous ones, as it was filmed on numerous occasions including a James Bond movie. This castle was the ancestral home of the McRae clan and was destroyed during the Jacobite wars. It was rebuilt by Colonel John McRae in 1932 exactly as it used to be and is now one of the finest sites in Scotland.
Cawdor Castle is another amazing place. This castle was Macbeth's castle in Shakespeare's play. It is still lived in the same family that owned it hundreds of years ago. The castle has some charming examples of antique furniture, china, and paintings. Plus there are the beautifully kept gardens to have a stroll in.
If you are interested in the life of the Royal Family, visit Balmoral - the Queen's home in Scotland. Make sure you arrive when the Royal Family is no living there, though - otherwise you won't be able to visit the place.
Of course, there are many other magnificent castles in Scotland, but it's impossible to describe them in one article.
3. Visit the Battlefield of Culloden
Those of you who are interested in history in general and Jacobites in particular shouldn't miss the Battlefields of Culloden. It's a 5-star exhibition that tells you all about the Jacobites, the Stuarts, Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Wigs, the French invasion that never really happened, and how unpredictable history is. You need at least two hours for the exhibition and if the weather is not too bad, you'll be able to get out onto the battlefield with an audio guide and listen to a detailed description of the battle. If the weather is not good enough to go onto the field, ask a staff member to let you listen to the audio guide story - it's really worth it.
4. Visit some of the distilleries
If you like whiskey, then what can be better than visiting a couple of distilleries. If you like your whiskey light and fruity, visit the distilleries near Edinburgh. If you prefer a smoky taste, go to Skye, and if you are looking for a Christmassy gingerbread taste, visit the Blair Athol distillery – it produces one of the finest single malts in the country.
There is lots more you can do in Scotland when the weather is bad, but these few tips should give you are pretty good start. Don't let the weather ruin your holiday, explore different aspects of Scotland, and you will be sure to fall in love with it and come again.